Some theme parks make sure you don’t enter or exit without knowing the theme for sure. These wacky worlds are in the business of amusing the masses by offering up unforgettable and often shamelessly strange experiences. And they all take their themes pretty seriously too.
Buckle up, friends. These are some of the most unusual theme parks around the globe.
Diggerland, United Kingdom & United States
You might’ve heard of Diggerland by now. In recent years, this construction-themed park has been making its rounds. With four locations in the UK and one in New Jersey, Diggerland is ready to let you play around on their construction site of sorts.
Whether you’ve always dreamed of driving a dump truck or a Monster JCB 3X Backhoe, now’s your chance. If you’re there in the summer, you can even take part in JCB races.
Land of Oz, North Carolina
Have you ever wanted to follow in Dorothy’s footsteps? In North Carolina, you can follow the yellow brick road and then some at Land of Oz. But you might be the only one there.
Once upon a time, America’s original Wizard of Oz Park was infamous for its eerie vibe. After shutting down in the 80s, this fantastically strange setting was home to abandoned rides and creepy statues built in the 70s. Time stood still for many years after that. Naturally, it became a photographer’s playground. Today, you can take a tour of it during Autumn at Oz, the largest Wizard of Oz festival in America.
Bon Bon Land, Denmark
Located in Holme Olstrup, BonBon-Land continues to delight and confuse the masses. They call themselves “Denmark’s funniest amusement park,” but some say the theme puts a bad taste in their mouth.
In the world of confectioners, this brand might be most recognizable for its trademark twisted sense of humor. In 1992, the proud creators of famed flavors like Ear Wax and Seagull Droppings proved gross-out humor wasn’t just a staple in their sweets. BonBon-Land was born. Today, this theme park continues raising eyebrows and expanding its attractions. But one of the most popular rides at this “whole family-friendly” park will always be the “Dog Fart Switchback,” according to park goers.
So if you’d get a kick out of gliding over simulated piles of dog excrement and beneath a giant dog sculpture passing some gas, you’ll probably love it here.
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Love Land, South Korea
In South Korea, there’s a theme park on Jeju Island that’ll make just about anybody blush. The Huffington Post has even dubbed it “the world’s kinkiest theme park.” But don’t be fooled. This theme park’s goal isn’t just to titillate; Love Land aims to educate and create.
Statue by statue, the theme of this park might seem overtly sexual and painfully obvious. But there’s deeper meaning all around. This honeymooners’ hot spot was designed to break traditional taboos. Per VisitJeju, “As the only sexual theme park in Korea, Jeju Loveland is a place where sexually oriented art and eroticism meet.”
Arc Encounter, Kentucky
Since 2016, Ark Encounter has been making major waves in the theme park world. Located in in Williamstown, Kentucky, you’ll find this full-size replica of Noah’s Ark. It spans the exact biblical dimensions at 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. It can hold up to 10,000 people.
This Noah’s Ark theme park was dreamed up by a fundamentalist Christian non-profit organization. The landlocked boat cost about $120 million to build, according to the Washington Post.
Haw Par Villa, Singapore
Some theme parks offer rollercoaster rides and delicious treats at every turn. The Haw Par Villa theme park offers education in morality. Some of their scare tactics will surely get your blood pumping. And they don’t necessarily want you to feel great when you leave.
Created in 1937 and totally free to all since 2001, there are 1,000 statues and dioramas depicting unsettling scenes on earth and in the afterlife. You’re likely to go through the full spectrum of emotions before leaving Haw Par Villa. Many parkgoers say they can never unsee the graphic and detailed things depicted in the Ten Courts of Hell. But for better or worse, that’s kind of the point of this peculiarly purpose-oriented park.
Crocosaurus Cove, Australia
Crocosaurus Cove is home to the world’s largest collection of Australian reptiles. They also have a 44,000-gallon freshwater aquarium with barramundi, whip rays, and friendly turtles. You can take a selfie with a baby crocodile and then feed the medium-sized crocs from a safe distance.
But if you dare to enter the “Cage of Death,” prepare for the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. From the inside of a 9-foot acrylic tank, you’ll enter the water-clad home of a 16-foot-long crocodile. And my guess is you’re just in time for dinner!
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